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Grant Chu Covell
La Folia, December 2015

The Quintet neatly interchanges three ensembles: piano alone, string quartet alone and piano quintet. Shostakovich is an influence, but Tchaikovsky is coarser, and whether you explicitly realize how infrequently piano and quartet combine to create the traditional melody plus accompaniment, the work proceeds with steely willpower. © 2015 La Folia Read complete review



Barry Brenesal
Fanfare, March 2015

…there’s no lack of precision, tension, or involvement; and Olga Solovieva…is a powerful, almost elemental, presence. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, January 2015

All the musicians play with convincing ensemble and attractive tone. The performances are both committed and intelligent and the Piano Quintet is particularly engaging. This disc is a most accessible and agreeable way of exploring the music of Boris Tchaikovsky. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, January 2015

Boris Tchaikovsky—not related in any way to his famous colleague—had an extremely fruitful imagination. His rich language is accordingly dramatic. The performers play both compositions with panache. © 2015 Pizzicato



Stephen Estep
American Record Guide, January 2015

The musicians all understand this music and play it exceedingly well… © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, December 2014

Their [RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet’s] sensitive playing is in evidence throughout this disc. Maxim Anisimov is a brilliantly evocative player whose mellow tone shines brightly at every appearance. As a Boris Tchaikovsky Society Award Winner in 2010 the pianist Olga Solovieva is the perfect choice for the piano quintet…

This is a thoroughly enjoyable disc making a fine introduction to the music of this great Russian composer. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, November 2014

Russian soloists Olga Solavieva and Maxim Anisimov join the Irish Vanbrugh Quartet for these technically accomplished, sensitive performances. They make a strong case for this remarkable music. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review



Philip Clark
Gramophone, November 2014

The Vanbrugh Quartet and pianist Olga Solovieva put real intellectual muscle behind the physical weight of their playing… © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, September 2014

This is music of great gravitas…the music speaks eloquently for itself, as a bellwether of Boris Tchaikovsky's inventive originality…the “Piano Quintet”…is filled with dramatic impact, modernist stridency and Russian brio. On this basis alone I find myself wanting to hear more of him.

All modern Russophiles will no doubt find this disk rather essential. It is music that holds its own for originality yet partakes of the Russian modernist ethos, both of which situate the works nicely as part of a continuum. The Vanbrugh Quartet, pianist Olga Solovieva, and clarinetist Maxim Anisimov give us impassioned performances filled with brio and lyrical clarity.

Very impressive music, very well played. This is a good one! © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review




Tim Ashley
The Guardian, September 2014

The performances…are exceptional. © 2014 The Guardian Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2014

Born in 1925, Boris Tchaikovsky was one of the most highly productive pupils of Shostakovich, and like his mentor he could quite happily work in many genres. The present disc finds him in the concert hall with the 1962 Piano Quintet, and then two years later in the film studio for the emotive While Defending the Front Line. In whichever medium he was working his musical parentage is never in doubt. Maybe that has been the reason that his music is not widely known outside of Russia, Shostakovich occupying so much of today’s concert hall coverage, there is no room left for more of the same thing. That is certainly regrettable in the case of the Piano Quintet, as it would be highly popular had it carried his mentors name. Indeed the hard-driven scherzo is among the finest string quartet music from the second half of the 20th century, while the final Adagio is full of sadness for reasons the sleeve notes do not explore. As a whole this is an extremely fine score I greatly commend to you. Recorded in Moscow…they are a really splendid group who have previously appeared on the label, their technical prowess easily dealing with the music’s many demands. Very good sound quality. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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